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One week left for the Opera Widgets competition

November 6, 2006

We’re coming down to the final week of the Opera Widget World Cup competition.

You have one week left to submit your widgets under your country’s name, as well as download your favorite country’s widgets. Each of the top-downloaded widgets per country will receive from Opera 1,000 Euros. (See the list of countries and their standings).

The winners of each country will be announced on November 16th. Each country winner will then go on to the final step of the competition for the grand prize.

Why does Opera care about widgets in the browser?
The truth is, Opera Widgets were first intended to run on devices and mobile phones (using the Opera Platform), not the desktop browser. The decision to add support for widgets on the desktop browser came later.

Widgets are an excellent way to create programs and applications on mobile devices, without the need to write extensive programming code. It’s much easier and cheaper to make a widget than to make the traditional application for devices.

Since Opera Widgets are based on open standards, they can run anywhere. The widgets you make for the desktop browser will run on Opera Mobile phones and other devices, such as your TV.

Opera’s founder and CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, discussed these very points about widgets and its importance to Opera in an interview that was published a few months ago.

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  1. November 7, 2006 at 4:39 am

    Albeit being an opera fan, I have to admit that the widgets feature in Opera is the most overrated feature…

    Who wants to see a fancy clock next to your webpage? All the widgets out there are quite bloody useless. I am not complaining, but I really do think that the widgets are highly overrated.

    Rgds,

    J.J

  2. November 7, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    JJ-
    …as is mentioned in the article. Mobile widgets make a great deal of sense as I prefer not to have all the overhead and chrome of the browser just to find out what the weather will be like or if my plane is on time etc.

    If you buy that argument then desktop widgets should be just as useful as “small screen rendering” on the desktop browser.

    Desktop widgets then become useful for developing, spreading, sampling, testing, rapidly innovating, collaborating, etc.

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